About Energy

“The researchers contend in the paper published in the journal Nature that the social cost of carbon on the global economy is actually about $220 for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted, a far cry from the $37 calculated by the U.S. government.”
The Real Social Cost of Carbon, Green Biz

See our Energy E-Guide #1, which focuses on Community Solar Gardens and three stories about energy that should become a bigger part of our conversations with neighbors.

The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan outlines how policy-makers, residents and businesses will help defray the issues of global warming. This “Energy” category looks at how Minneapolis is building a more sustainable future, and why: from LEED housing and commercial buildings … to the creation of solar energy.

This section also begins to tell the story about what energy costs us, as a society. From the way we consume energy, to the way we pay for energy and the way we design our city around it.

Subscribe to MPLSGreen to be kept apprised of local best practices around energy (efficiencies and renewables)… and who is driving that difference.

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See the About Design section for much more on our sustainable future.

Related Resources

  1. Energy saving tips from Minnesota Energy Resources — includes a tool to calculate your energy use profile (its rebate and energy efficiency programs do not serve Minneapolis, but it offers good resources for education)
  2. The data of Cecilia Martinez and Shalini Gupta are requiring local and global energy conversations to include more than clean air and water
  3. Doable: 70% renewables by 2050
  4. Solar and Wind Energy directory of developers, compiled by Clean Energy Project Builder
  5. Metro CERTS is offering funding for short-term and deeper-term projects that accelerate the development of energy-efficiency projects at the local level. If this sounds like something you might be interested in for your community group, click here.
Natural gas emits about 60 times more air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy generated compared to wind power. It also creates about 10 times the amount of bird kills per unit energy from air pollution, ground degradation, and habitat destruction…. Natural gas reduces carbon dioxide emissions compared to coal, but it causes more overall warming because of the higher methane and because coal outputs sulfur oxide, which masks some of the warming. The warming from coal over a 100-year time frame is less than natural gas because of the sulfur oxide output. — Mark Z. Jacobson, director of Stanford University Atmosphere and Energy Program